April 4th 2014 3:52 pm PT

MNR 506: Phil Spencer, the new Head of Xbox

Host: Larry Hryb, Xbox LIVE's Major Nelson (Xbox LIVE ) (Twitter)

Co-host : lollip0p (Xbox LIVE) (Twitter)

Co-host : Rubes (Xbox LIVE) (Twitter)


Interview: Head of Xbox, Phil Spencer (16:17-48:23)

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  • AJ

    Phil Spencer, Head of Xbox. It just sounds so right. Couldn’t have picked a better guy for the job.

    • Liquidfx Xboxdude

      i actually have no freaking idea how good he is but anything new to make things better is good imo.

  • jose

    fix halo spartan assault its supposed to be 50% off but the price is 9.99 isn’t it supposes to be 4.99,at least if you guys are going to take advantage of us put the game at 7.50 because halo spartan assault was never released at 19.99 and you guys lower the price of the game before the sale.

    • ImTheMetalLord

      How many places/times you gonna post this? Did you try the xbox forums?

      • Professor Oak

        I contacted support via twitter and it is fixed now, was not supposed to be 50% off :(

    • Professor Oak

      It was an oops, contacted support and it was fixed, it was never supposed to be 50% off. Now displays “Now $9.99″ on xbox home menu

      • Liquidfx Xboxdude

        its not worth $5 anymore. old game. should be free for people with x1 but that is just beating a dead horse saying that over and over but i will anyway.

  • ilovegoogleglass

    How to win E3…
    – Show power of the cloud
    – Show games, games, games
    – Show Xbox One App montage
    – Discuss the next UI update
    – Bring back Optional digital plan

    • Liquidfx Xboxdude

      DON”T show: tv,tv,tv,tv,tv never ever again. advertise that to people watching sports during the games. that would be the audience that they are looking for for the tv features of xbox.

      • pie

        Sony showed more TV than Microsoft at last year’s E3.
        Microsoft’s presentation was almost entirely games.

    • pie

      - Announce a white, diskless Xbox One that comes with one year of Live at $400 total

      • ilovegoogleglass

        Lower GBs too…

        • Dylan

          That’d be a dumb combination. A diskless Xbox One would need to have more GB’s since games are so large.

          • ilovegoogleglass

            To get it at $400 they have to do this. Removing a $68 Blu-ray drive isn’t gonna make the jump from $500 to $400 without selling at a lost…

  • Rocco-117

    Yes, please give digital a huge buff it deserves.

  • Some guy

    Just saw the Cel Damage HD is annonced in playstation platforms.
    If you make it come on xbox, I’ll start to belive you.(Also allowing the player to pick between original gameplay and overdrive gameplay would be nice)

  • Liquidfx Xboxdude

    please mr. spencer get things going back the way they were before last year’s E3. before then i hadn’t bought a sony product since the first playstation. now, i have 3 sony gaming devices. i did buy an x1 b/c i still have an ounce of faith in the xbox brand but xbox, the first one, made me love gaming again. it was the only reason i left pc gaming for awhile.

  • Realmusik Recordz

    Mr Spencer the xbox one controller dont work properly for sports games like madden.
    the analog stick to run with has a dead spot on it. For example… if i want to change directions running left to right…my player will stop completely unless i let go of the analog stick and then redirection the analog stick. I thought maybe it was my controller..so i bought to more controllers and i get the same results. I believe inside of the controllers get broke after while unless its just madden 25 itself. I believe its the design of the controller….the analog sticks are not strong underneath the surface of the controller. I think the controllers are broken easy on sport games.
    Also recent players list still dont work for me. I am not the only one who is having this problem.

    • Does Not Equal

      I don’t think he reads this blog. That is to say, he doesn’t.

      • Liquidfx Xboxdude

        we know but some of us are high when we come here. we believe like a mormon.

    • AJ

      I play Madden and I have no idea what you’re talking about with this “dead spot”. I move fine left to right, and so forth.

  • http://www.xbox.com/ J.Rhy@n

    Reduce the price of the Xbox One and Make the system compatible without the Kinect – I don’t need it and this includes most Gamers!

    • ilovegoogleglass

      I hope they don’t remove the kinect..

      • http://www.xbox.com/ J.Rhy@n

        Not remove it but allow the Xbox One to be sold without it thus allowing the machine to function without it!

        • ImTheMetalLord

          It functions without it. Just unplug it if you don’t want to use it but IMO that would be like buying 7.1 Surround sound and then unplugging the sub woofer. But have at it if you want.

          • http://www.xbox.com/ J.Rhy@n

            Ok – I assumed it only functions with the kinect – ok, then sell it without!

          • Senses Failed

            Dude if that was the case, i’d never have bought an xbox one!

          • http://www.xbox.com/ J.Rhy@n

            It would seem there is a case to sell the device without the Kinect and reduce the price – makes sense imo..

        • ilovegoogleglass

          That’s what I meant, I hope they don’t….

          The box as it stands now feels so complete, I can’t wait for the threshold update where it becomes truly complete….

    • Does Not Equal

      Can you back up that claim with statistics?

      • Professor Oak

        I personally don’t want a kinect, and am waiting for a price drop, but i cannot say the same for most gamers.

        • ImTheMetalLord

          One of my friends the other day was telling me how he went back to play a game on the 360 after spending the last 6+ months playing almost exclusively on the One. He said he found himself yelling at the TV because it wouldn’t respond to his voice commands and he didn’t even realize how integrated he had become with the new system. I think it is one of those things that until you have it and use it you don’t think you want it.

          Personally I too don’t have a One yet but from what I hear I will not want one without the Kinect. I have heard/seen to many good things about it. I don’t have the Kinect on my 360 but the technology is so much more advanced for this generation.

  • Daniel Jassé

    awesome interview cant wait for phil to get stuck in!

  • CombatW1zard

    Welcome lets see you smash E3 and put your stamp on xbox for the users that play games games games ……………………..

  • Peter Taylor

    The road to success…
    -Lower the price of digital downloads compared to retail copy’s.
    -Soft out localization. English means English for store and other options. If dash is set to English. No more mixed languages…please
    -External support for HDD for games and media
    -Lower the xbox one price. offer with or without Kinect
    -Secure more exclusive deals
    -Tidy up the ads on the dash. Its getting out of hand.

  • ZenFranklin

    I still don’t understand why people gripe about Kinect. If you don’t want it unplug it. If you don’t like it don’t use it.

    The only way motion gaming and voice integration will improve is if developers know every system will have it and there efforts won’t be wasted. It’s all about Market penetration and Microsoft knows this.

    I haven’t seen one valid argument not to include it besides I don’t like it and there are no games for it. Cost is cost, but I would imagine Microsoft won’t drop the price of the console until they know they will sell a ton more; kinect included.

    • Death Dealer

      Exactly. Price will come down well before Kinect will ever be removed and they are already experimenting with game bundles and temporary pricecuts to see if those shift more units. It’s only a matter of time.

      • evilfangs .

        Can get a X1 with Titanfall for £10 more then what a PS4 costs here in the UK.

  • Disturbed_Court_Jester

    solution: Just sell your Kinects on Ebay, they sell for $70-$80.

    • Liquidfx Xboxdude

      why the hell would anyone buy the x1 to do that? i know that is an option but if you hate kinect that much then just get a ps4 and be done with it. the kinect can be used in great ways. exercise is the main thing imo. the voice stuff just isn’t needed for me.

      • Disturbed_Court_Jester

        Mine was just gathering dust, so i had no reason to keep it.

        • Liquidfx Xboxdude

          makes sense.

          • Byyys

            “but if you hate kinect that much then just get a ps4″ that’s exactly the attitude that Xbox needs to change.. so because i dont wanna use a kinect or for example… disabled gamers who cant exercise or have the ability to use kinect should just buy a PlayStation instead? the damage is already done if you ask me.

    • Magnus Mad Krantz

      And If Microsoft or any other game company adds something cool. You cant use it. Sell your XO too.

      • llortretsam

        Kinect games blow, always have and always will, let the thing die.

  • Mike Robertson

    Theres an awesome web comic on ctrl alt del today(http://www.cad-comic.com/cad/20140407#.U0KlFo2yY-g.gmail) with Major and Phil Spencer. After hearing the interview I was very happy in the direction he was going

  • Tuxx Wat

    Please less Kinect at e3. You won and we all have to buy it to have a xboxone but don’t waste so much of the e3 keynote on Kinect…. people really don’t like the silly Kinect games….

    • http://www.pathofdestruction.us/forums Xtowers

      Which games are you referring to? There aren’t very many out on the Xbox One right now. How many have you actually tried out?

  • http://www.pathofdestruction.us/forums Xtowers

    Just curious. Phil Spencer said in the interview that he wanted to make gaming relevant across all of Microsoft’s platforms. Is there any chance that he’d opt to make Games for Windows Live work instead of scrapping it?

  • Jessica-Star

    This was the best interview with him I’d heard since the announcement. Thanks for covering a lot of ground Major, and getting him to talk a bit about his background and expound on the studio and publisher relationships and things he was working for beyond a greater focus on gaming on the XBox. I really felt like I learned some new things in this interview even though I’ve heard and read plenty of other interviews with him over the last couple years.